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Global Health Projects

Research Projects

  • Partnership with Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia established in 2018
    • Current projects aim to characterize maternal morbidity and mortality in an effort to improve maternal health outcomes. Other aims include improved clinical research and training related to cervical cancer screening, subspecialty training, and improved community referral systems.
  • Research project characterizing factors that lead to stillbirth and perineal lacerations with partners in Kawempe Hospital in Kampala, Uganda

Involved Faculty

Global Health Experience and Publications

Mary Rysavy, MD

  • Rysavy M, Wolde Z, Anderson C. Vocal Local: A unique approach to tubal ligation in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Film Festival Presentation. ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting. San Diego, CA. May 6, 2017. 
  • Rysavy M, Butteris S, Pitt M, Anderson C. SUGAR in OB/Gyn: A Multi-Institutional Collaboration to Develop Cases for Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR). Invited oral presentation at APGO/CREOG Meeting. Orlando, FL. March 9, 2017.

Abbey Merryman, MD

Kimberly Kenne, MD, MCR

  • Kenne K, Abreha M, Hart KD, Gregory WT, Nardos R. Surgical Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Ethiopian Women: What Is the Preferred Approach? Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2020 Feb;26(2):e7-e12. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000836.

Ginny Ryan, MD, MA

  • Bender RM, Ryan GL. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia: global challenges in low resource settings complete with proposed interventions in rural Haiti. POG in Press, 14 February 2013; Article 1 [6 p.]. Available from: http://ir.uiowa.edu/pog_in_press/
  • Howard LA, Mancuso AC, Ryan GL. Mullerian Aplasia with Severe Hematometra: A Case Report of Diagnosis and Management in a Low Resource Setting. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2019 Apr; 32(2):189-192. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2018.11.006. Epub 2018 Nov 22.
  • ACOG Committee on Ethics. Ethical Considerations for Performing Gynecologic Surgery in Low-Resource Settings Abroad. Committee Opinion #759, 2018 Nov;132(5):e221-e227. PMID: 30629569

Thomas Gellhaus, MD

  • Chang OH1, Levy B, Lytle H, Pope R, Phiri H, Gellhaus T, Eckhardt C, Sclafani J.Implementation of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Program to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Malawi. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Mar;133(3):507-514. 

Abey Eapen, MBBS, DRCOG, PhD

William Story, PhD, MPH

  • Story WT, Aluku NC, Getui M. Religious collaboration and patient satisfaction among faith-based groups and health facilities in Western Kenya American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; 2018 November; San Diego, CA, US. 
  • Baker KK, Story WT, Walser-Kuntz E, Zimmerman MB. Impact of social capital, harassment of women and girls, and water and sanitation access on premature birth and low infant birth weight in India. PloS one. 2018; 13(10):e0205345.
  • Story WT, Tura H, Rubin J, Engidawork B, Ahmed A, Jundi F, Iddosa T, Abrha TH. Social capital and disaster preparedness in Oromia, Ethiopia: An evaluation of the "Women Empowered" approach. Social science & medicine (1982). 2018